Super Tekla: The "super dad"

by FM Ganal
Oct 2, 2019
Super Tekla is a 'super dad' to his daughter Airah: "Number one fan ko nga iyon, e. Number one supporter ko. Napakabait, nakapalambing. Matalinong bata."
PHOTO/S: @superteklahlibrada on Instagram

Romeo Librada is known to showbiz fans as the comedian Super Tekla.

But to his 12-year-old daughter Airah, Romeo is a "super dad."

"Number one fan ko nga iyon, e. Number one supporter ko," the GMA-7 comedian tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after his PEP Live session on September 19.

"Napakabait, napakalambing. Matalinong bata," he adds, pointing out that Airah isn't bothered by the nature of her dad's work.

"Tinatanong ko nga, 'Anak, baka binu-bully ka sa school?' Hindi naman. Proud pa nga sila.

"Alam niya iyong sitwasyon, alam niya na trabaho lang. Sa normal kong buhay, 'Daddy ko iyan.' Pero pagka nasa TV, 'Ay, super daddy ko iyan.'"

Continue reading below ↓

Airah is Super Tekla's only child with his former wife.

As of now, the young girl resides with her grandmother in Bacolod.

The Kapuso talent says, "For the meantime, nasa lola niya muna kasi tatapusin niya elementary niya. And then kapag high school saka college, dito na siya sa akin hanggang magtrabaho siya kung ano gusto niya sa buhay niya."

Super Tekla is proud because he has started preparing for his daughter's college education. In fact, his savings already covers Airah's tuition and her needs.

How is the comedian as a dad?

He says, "Malambing. Malambing sa anak. The usual. Nag-iisa lang iyon, e, so imposible naman kung mag-lapse ka pa sa love at attention.

"Siyempre, sa ngayon, hindi ko muna pa mabibigay iyong one hundred percent talaga na tutok sa anak ko. Pero once nag-high school na siya… Nandoon ako nakaalalay.

"Every time, kung ano needs niya, nandoon pa din ang pagiging tatay."

Continue reading below ↓

SUPER TEKLA: COMEDY CAREER

Born in North Cotabato, Romeo's rise as the comedian Super Tekla was accidental. He was actually raised by the Manobo tribe and was trained to be a farmer.

He recounts to PEP.ph, "Unang-una, salta lang ako sa Manila. Iyon, siyempre, the usual na work. Nagtrabaho 'ko [bilang] construction worker tapos janitor. Kung an-ano na abot sa level ko sa high school, hanggang doon lang ako.

Continue reading below ↓

"And of course, na-discover ako accidentally sa isang comedy bar. Gumigimik ako and then umakyat ako ng stage tapos hindi naman ako nagpapatawa. Tumawa lang yung mga tao habang nilalait ako. Sabi ko, 'Ah, nakakatawa siguro mukha ko.'"

This experience convinced Romeo to give comedy a try.

He continues, "May regular work ako noon, nag-resign ako. Sinubok ko. Sapalaran. Butas ng karayom pinasok ko. Tiniis ko lahat ng lait at saka pangungutya kasi doon tumatawa yung tao, e. Sabi ko, 'Kahit masakit, sige go.' Hanggang sa nakasanayan ko na rin and then tuluy-tuloy na."

Continue reading below ↓

Before he became "Super Tekla," Romeo performed his comedic acts as a straight man. The routine didn't click much with the audience, so he decided to be "pa-girl.

He said, "Nag-umpisa ako sa pangalang Chicky, Nadya. Hindi rin nag-click. Hanggang sa may nagbigay sa akin ng name ng Tekla.

"Tekla is parang matandang ina na nakakatawa, parang ganoon. Bakekang. Ganoon ang ka-level ng Tekla, e. Makulit, kiti-kiti sa stage. Madaldal."

How does he snap out of his gay character?

At the pocket presscon for his launching movie Kiko en Lala last September 12, he said, “Alam ko po, kilala ko ang sarili ko at alam ko ang sexual preference ko.

"Lalaki po talaga ako."

Eventually, Super Tekla found his big break on TV through the afternoon show Wowowin.

Now, the GMA-7 star has his own weekly late-night show The Boobay and Tekla Show or TBATS.

The quality of his life has greatly improved since 2016, the year he started appearing on TV regularly.

Continue reading below ↓

He continued, “Opo. Pero yung mukha ko po talaga, ayaw kong ipabago.

"Ito, namana ko sa aking mentor, of course, the late Chokoleit.

"Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya.”

Does Super Tekla's daughter hope to get into comedy as well?

He says, "Ewan ko. Depende sa kung ano maging kapalaran ng batang iyon. Kung gusto niya, nandoon lang kami naka-support sa kanya as long as ikabubuti niya. Bakit hindi?"

Continue reading below ↓
Read Next
Recommended Videos
Latest Stories
Trending in Summit Media Network

Featured Searches:

Read the Story →
Super Tekla is a 'super dad' to his daughter Airah: "Number one fan ko nga iyon, e. Number one supporter ko. Napakabait, nakapalambing. Matalinong bata."
PHOTO/S: @superteklahlibrada on Instagram
  • This article was created by . Edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.
    Poll

    View Results
    Total Votes: 12,184
  • 50%
  • View Results